Miller Outdoor Theatre / Free Event!!
Here is his website for more info: Randy Weston - African Rhythms - Welcome
The Blew Notes Trio
Start Date: 6/14/2008
Start Time: 8:15 PM
End Date: 6/14/2008
An evening of jazz, poetry and visual arts, featuring renowned composer and pianist Randy Weston.
Produced by SEHAH/Amandla Productions
Biography Randy Weston has had a considerable career in jazz as a pianist, composer, and bandleader. He emerged in the mid-1950s, being voted New Star Pianist in Down Beat magazine's International Critics' Poll of 1955, the year after his recording debut as a leader, with the album Cole Porter In a Modern Mood. Several notable albums followed, including Little Niles near the end of that decade. His piano style owes much to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk (he has paid direct tribute to both), but it is highly distinctive in its qualities: percussive, highly rhythmic, capable of producing a wide variety of moods.
In the 1960s, Weston's music prominently incorporated African elements, as shown on the large-scale Uhuru Africa (with the participation of poet Langston Hughes) and Highlife: Music From the New African Nations. In addition, during these years his band often featured the great tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin.
In 1967 Weston traveled throughout Africa with a US cultural delegation. The last stop of the tour was Morocco, where he decided to settle, running his African Rhythms Club, during 1967-1972. For a long stretch he recorded infrequently and on obscure labels. However, he made quite an impact with the two-CD recording The Spirits of Our Ancestors (recorded 1991; released 1992), which featured sterling work by arranger Melba Liston, a long-time collaborator. The album contained new, expanded versions of many of his greatest pieces; featured a tight ensemble, including some African musicians; included legendary guests such as Dizzy Gillespie and Pharoah Sanders; and showcased the entirety of Weston's musical art.
Randy Weston has since produced a series of first-rate albums in a variety of formats: solo, trio, mid-sized groups, and collaborations with the gnawa musicians of Morocco. Weston’s greatest compositions include 'Hi-Fly,' 'Little Niles,' 'Berkshire Blues,' 'African Sunrise,' 'The Healers,' 'Blue Moses,' and 'African Cookbook.'
In 2002 Weston performed with bassist James Lewis for the inauguration of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. In June 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Brooklyn College, City University of New York.